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Christmas bags

Make this easy Christmas bag in just half an hour!

We ditched the Christmas wrapping paper last year and went with fun drawstring bags for our presents.  As long as the mice haven’t eaten them and I can remember where I put them, they will be reused until they fall apart.

Follow the pics to make your own Christmas bags.  You will need:  fabric, scissors, trim, cord for drawstrings, sewing machine.

I used half a metre of green glitter cotton, 4 and a half metres of cord for the drawstrings, 1m of ribbon for the casing. You can decorate with fabric initials, pompoms, felt or anything you fancy.

Step 1

I used glitter cotton fabric and sewed the seams up each side.

Step 2

Chose my trim and cord drawstrings.  I like a pull cord from each side. You can save money and cord by only having one pull cord, like a school PE bag.  Don’t forget to add another half metre as when the knots are tied it can get quite short. 

Step 3

I turned a wide seam over to the inside and stitched round the whole bag top to make a neat top.  If you have plenty of fabric, turn it even wider so you can use this top seam for your casing and sew 2 rows of stitiching half an inch apart.

Step 4

I used ribbon for my casing as it doubles as decoration. Stitch it around the top of your bag about 3 inches from the top edge.

Thread the cord through the casing. If you haven’t left a gap you can cut your ribbon to thread through.  If you want to do it really properly, sew one casing on the front and another on the back, leaving a little gap for your cord to thread through.

I usually run Christmas classes to make these and we had a blast last year with little versions of these.  If you need any help just shout or come and see me!  I have lots of Christmas fabric in stock.

 

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Garlands

A week to go until we can reopen!  In the meantime, here’s a couple of garland ideas to keep you busy and get prepared for Christmas.  These work well both as presents to gift, or make some to decorate your house, tree, garden or wherever!

Felt Bunting

You will need:   felt sheets, half inch tape, scissors, needle and thread or a sewing machine.

Cut out your felt triangles   and arrange.  Rainbow as shown, or go scandi Christmas with red, white and green, or celebrate a new baby with pastel colours.  Cut as many as you need.

Fold over the end of your tape to make a loop.  This keeps the ends neat.  If you need to tie it around something, use a seperate bit of string, ribbon or elastic band to secure.

Fold the tape over to catch the felt triangle within the tape. Pin to secure.  You could iron the tape in half if you wish for a sharper guideline.

If you have a sewing machine, my top tip is to use a ZIG ZAG stitch to make sure you capture the binding tape on the reverse.  I find it a total nightmare trying to catch the tape on the backside if i sew straight stitch.  Of course if you are hand sewing, you should be able to turn your work and see where you are going.

Make the felt bunting as long as you require.

Pom pom garland

This pom pom garland is a lot of fun to make.  You can put as many or as few pom poms as you like on your garland.  This one, made by Freya has space and pegs for interspersing with photographs.  What a great idea!

I will show you how to use a pom pom maker to create your own winter garland.

These are wooden pom pom makers not the usual circular ones. Simply wrap your yarn around the forky bits and tie tight to secure.  I will upload a little video tomorrow as it’s too dark tonight to show you. 

 

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Knitting project

Welcome to lockdown crafts 2.0

Want to do something? Had a go at knitting before? Haven’t knitted for years?  Here are some patterns and yarns that might inspire you to re skill and make yourself some lovely accessories or give as gifts for a handmade Christmas!

This is Carnival Tweed chunky yarn from Stylecraft. I had a delivery the day of lockdown plus half a dozen pink ones already in the shop. It has a wool content of 20% and is lovely and soft to knit with on 6mm needles. As you can see from the photos, it knits up in a lovely varigated stripe. There is a beret pattern on the inside of the ball band plus see the patterns below that I have in stock. If you’d like anything, give me a call or message and I can arrange to meet you at the shop for collection.

If you need some more ideas, check out the UK Hand Knitting Association http://www.ukhandknitting.com and check out my Stylecraft suppliers, who have FREE patterns on their website! https://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/

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Saving the Planet – one craft at a time

I do my best to reuse, recycle and be as eco conscious as possible here at the shop.  I am old enough to remember recycling the first time round when pop bottles went back to the shop for a 10p refund!  I know recycling isn’t new, but since the invention of plastic the world has gone into consumer overdrive as it’s cheap and keeps everything clean in transit.

A lovely best mate of mine has been plastic free this last 20 years and there’s still plenty we can all do to help minimise the waste we see every day.  Lots of customers already bring cloth bags for their shopping and when I have them,  you may be given a special handmade Mrs McGregors cloth bag for yours. I always love the reaction when I give them away!  In addition to recycling my packing, I sell a growing range of recycled and eco friendly products.

When deliveries arrive, packing is given to the charity shop to wrap their china in.  Larger cardboard delivery boxes are given to a lady who posts a lot of furniture around the country.    This helps me move waste but more importantly, saves  having to buy new packaging, which I think is a win win all round.  Lots of shop stock comes plastic free; elastic, bindings, trim, lace, threads and things like webbing all come on reels so you don’t have to buy a pre packed amount, just have exactly what you need.

 

New from old

Lots of products are now made from recycled plastic. One of my suppliers has really tried hard to get with the eco friendly products and packaging and I fully support them. I buy recycled toy filling, sewing thread and a range of ribbon called ‘New Life’ which now are packaged on cardboard reels.

I also sell pre loved crafting supplies. I have a large range of pre loved card and papercraft, plus embroidery threads and kits that haven’t been used and are just in old packaging. I have some lovely large embroidery frames and some ready made tapestries that need a good home. There’s lots of pre loved ribbons and fabrics that have just been hanging around a few years and need someone to love them. Do ask, there’s a myriad of stuff upstairs that would love to see the light of day!

Ditch that single use!

  For a long time now, we have stocked a range of reusable and eco friendly versions of make up/face wipes, sandwich wraps (great for back to school) and metal straws in a handy carry pouch, all made by Melissa.  These are great for birthday gifts to post or a treat for yourself!  They have been tried and tested by friends and family.  At the moment these are all displayed in the window, so do pop in and take a look.

At the moment, bags, clothing and anything made from recycled fabrics are on hold, but as soon as we can, the ranges of recycled/upcycled bags and clothing will be back.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

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Face coverings

For those folk making masks or face coverings, I have been following the  www.bigcommunitysew.co.uk tutorials and patterns. check out some links below and look on the tutorial page for  some ideas and help.

 

shaped face cover instructions

shaped face covering pattern

Below is my version of a rectangular face covering.  Any questions then do shout!

 

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Back in business

 

Small businesses officially allowed to open again! hurrah!    Many people came by to say how nice it was to see me open again which was lovely.  It’s worrying to think if your customers will return or not.  Being closed for such a long time makes for reassessment of everything.

  I have spent the time sitting in the garden reading, only finding other things to do when the weather cooled down.  A few folk have told me they haven’t managed to settle through this time to do anything or be productive.  Me neither, I have achieved nothing spectuacular, not learned a language or produced a quilt or crocheted blanket.

 

I have, however, been still, rested and mindful, enjoying the outside, feeling the wind and the sun on my face, watching the birds flit past and being in the now.  I have also spent time cooking for my family, we only ever do 3 meals a day together on holiday.  Finding enough for 4 people to eat every meal can be a challenge, particularly when small teenager declared he was going vegetarian a few weeks ago!

Be kind to yourselves whatever you are doing and whenever you choose to come out of lockdown I shall look forward to seeing you.

 

Best wishes,

Sue

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Workshops @ Mrs Macs

We have lots of workshops going on at Mrs McGregor’s.  Steph comes every Tuesday morning to run a variety of crafts classes, she can turn her hand to many different crafty pursuits.  We also have Thursday afternoon workshops on a theme, February was all about upcycling and March is all about flowers.

Take a look at the what’s on section for more details or pop to Crafting by Steph’s FB page and see what she’s up to. 

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Workshops price fix!!

Workshops for January and February 2018 are all fixed at £12 each.  A good time to have a go at all those crafts you have been desperate to learn over the years and never got round to!  Check out the What’s on calendar or pop your desired craft in the search bar to find out what’s on next .

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Sue

 

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Confessions of a daisy hooker

Welcome to my first blog tutorial!

Instead of writing a Masters research proposal, i have spent the afternoon making and photographing daisy square crochet, which i have to say has been far more fun.  To combine with Granny square Mondays, i am producing my own patterns and leaflets to go in a crochet gift box (another story for another day beginning with ordering the wrong boxes….).

There are many daisy granny squares out on the interwebnet, not to mention the confusing USA v UK versions of stitches.  I am relatively new to crochet and can only do a few stitches, so can’t lay claim to copyright on any of this, however, this is me mashing a few of those patterns together making the most of a treble and half treble stitch!

Make a chain of 4 stitches, join with slip stitch to make a circle

Round 1: Chain 3 (this counts as your first treble stitch), then 11 more trebles into centre (12 stitches total) (Treble: Yarn over hook, down the hole, pull through, yarn over hook, through 2, yarn over hook through 2)  Finish with a slip stitch to join the round.

      

Round 2:  Change to new colour (white) chain 3 (counts as your first treble), then 2 more trebles into same space to form a cluster of 3.  Next comes the funky daisy part.

TAKE OUT your hook and insert into the top of the first treble (in this case your chain of 3 this very first time), then catch the loop at the top and pull through.  (This closes into a petal shape). Chain 2 and continue your next petal with 3 trebles, take out hook, insert into top stitch and pull through. Continue all the way round and finish with a slip stitch.  There should be 12 petals altogether.

Round 3: Change colour and chain 3 (this counts as your first treble), 2 more trebles into same chain space.  Chain 3 (this is your corner) then 3 more trebles into the same space.

Each time now you are working in sets of 3 with no chains between groups.  If you just continue with TREBLES you will have the photo underneath, can you see it’s going all curvy?

                                                                                                     

After your corner set of trebles, make a group of 3 HALF trebles in the next chain space (yarn over hook, down the hole, pull through, yarn over hook, pull through all 3 stitches). Then make another group of 3 half trebles into the next chain space.

You are now on the next corner, so 3 trebles into same chain space, chain 3, 3 trebles into same chain space.

Continue with 2 blocks of half trebles, next corner set of trebles, 2 blocks of half trebles until you join all the way round with a slip stitch.

        You can stop here with 1 round of background if you wish.  I have continued to do another round     

Round 4:

Chain 3 (this counts as a last stitch in a group of 3 – see photo on right hand side above).  Working in the next chain space, make a group of 3 trebles, chain 3, 3 trebles into same chain space (this is your first corner) then continue with 3 groups of 3 trebles into each chain space. Corner next: 3 trebles, chain 3, 3 trebles into same chain space, continue round with trebles in groups of 3 until end.  On the last group of trebles, you will only do 2 as you will catch up with the first chain of 3.

   If you only want to do trebles and not worry about taking your hook out, you will end up with the pink daisy square on the left of this pic.  Here i have just made groups of trebles with one chain between them.

So there you are!  Make as many squares as you like for a cushion, blanket, scarf and when i learn how to join them all together i will let you know and write another tutorial!!

Happy Sunday!

Sue

P.S. If you find any errors in instruction, do let me know so i can amend. Thanks 🙂

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Granny square Mondays

For each Monday in June, we will be running granny square workshops.  For many people, it’s been something they have always fancied doing and learning.  Once you get the hang of this, they really are quite addictive.  If you look on the interwebnet, there are hundreds and hundreds of these little square patterns available.  Depending upon your experience, you can dip in and out of these Monday workshops to make whichever you fancy. Once learned, you can keep on going round and round in a square to make a larger blanket and stop when you have had enough, or make lots of little squares and join them together to make a patchwork effect.  There are squillions of ideas on Pinterest to get you started.

At the moment, i am hooked on turning flowery circles into squares, but there are many to choose from.  We can go with whatever stage you are at: total beginner, joining different colours each row, making a daisy, sunflower, circles into squares, or a hearty inside.  If you have something you would like to copy or aspire to, then bring a picture along or e mail it to me first and i’ll see if i can match it.

All in all, enjoy the beginning of the week with a nice cuppa and some company making these fab little squares.